Wall Street closed? Let's get to the really important Hurricane Sandy cancellations. The xx, John Legend, Louis C.K. and Carnegie Hall are all among those canceling or shifting gigs; the Village Voice has a quick rundown for New York here. And if you're holding tickets for anything happening anywhere along the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic corridors, expect serious disruptions and check for updates.
No, Yoko didn't break up the band, according to a soon-to-be-aired Paul McCartney interview, but it was annoying to have her constantly around. And, she helped inspire 'Imagine,' among other things. "I don't think he would have done that without Yoko, so I don't think you can blame her for anything," McCartney told David Frost.
This is hardly a surprise, though Universal Music Group is now chopping staffers following its EMI purchase. Variety points to 35-40 across distribution departments, with another 10 coming from Nashville. More are expected in Europe, though senior level executives were apparently not affected, at least in this round.
Okay, now make another PSY? The action is shifting towards Korea this week for the upcoming, KOCCA-hosted MU:CON SEOUL, with cultural exportation and Asian content development major themes. PSY is undoubtedly blasting momentum around Korean export, though the content focus is broadly Asian. The action kicks off November 1st; more here.
Can the ills of DMCA safe harbors and online piracy be fixed, just like that? Yes, according to John Mellencamp, who points to effective clampdowns on internet gambling and puts heavy blame on search engines for the current mess. The HuffPo opinion first started circulating a few days ago.
Was this really a surprise? Blowback continues for the Center for Copyright Enforcement (CCE), the agency tasked with administering Copyright Alerts and 'six strikes' graduated response initiatives for ISPs. The wrinkle is that 'independent' expert Stroz Friedberg was once a well-paid RIAA lobbyist, with CCE and various ISPs apparently not informed (or something like that).
German composer Hans Werner Henze, a post-Nazi composer with an estranged and conflicted relationship with his native country, has died at 86. The New York Times has an in-depth retrospective, here.
Written while listening to Arcade Fire.